This is the 19th episode of the long running 1964-70 series about the life of American frontiersman and explorer, Daniel Boone. The lead is played by Fess Parker. Also in the mix are Albert Salmi, Ed Ames, Patricia Blair, Veronica Cartwright and Darby Hinton.
Daniel Boone (Fess Parker) is taking a few pack mules into Salem Virginia to pick up some supplies, and pay the land fees to the government of the colony. On the trail he comes across a young lad, Kurt Russell, dangling upside down from a rope tied to a large tree. When he steps up to cut the lad down, someone sticks a rifle in his back. The man with the gun is Lloyd Nolan. Nolan is soon joined by the well- built, Myrna Fahey.
Nolan, Fahey and Russell pull this gag on travellers coming along the trail. The three tie up the victims and take their goods. Parker manages to make short work of his bonds, and is soon on their trail. He enters their camp at night, retrieves his rifle and gets the drop on the highway bandits. Parker intends to take the three into Salem and hand them to the law.
The group makes their way towards Salem and Parker lets slip that he is wearing a money belt with the gold for the land fees. Nolan and his crew begin thinking of ways to relieve Parker of said gold. The next day, they run into another party on the trail. This group, Lane Bradford, John Pickard and William Phipps turn out to know Nolan. They had been riverboat bandits before.
Nolan and his bunch make a break for the other group. Parker, knowing he is outnumbered bolts into the woods. The bandit types soon smoke Parker out and hog tie him. A quick search soon shows he has hidden the money belt somewhere in the woods. Bradford and company plan on using a bit of rough and ready torture on Mr Parker. If he does not talk, they will just kill him.
Nolan, Russell and Fahey do not like this idea. They might be crooks, but they have never killed anyone. Time to switch teams again. They free Parker and get the drop on Bradford's lot. The whole group then heads for Salem.
Parker turns over Bradford and company to the local law. It turns out there is a small bounty on the three. Parker hands the bounty over to Nolan, Fahey and Russell. He tells them to go straight or they will be joining Bradford and company behind bars. This one is an entertaining episode with plenty of action, and a few comic bits thrown in as well.
Old pro, Lloyd Nolan looks like he is having a great time. Kurt Russell was 13 when he made this, the second of five appearances in the series. Miss Fahey is remembered by many as the guest villain, BLAZE, in the 1960's campy, BATMAN series.
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